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    Team Reggie: our last report. And it's a happy one!

    Because Al has packed her bags, said her goodbyes and has headed off to pastures new and very exciting. I am so proud of her for getting this amazing opportunity, and I know she is going to have the best time there! She has returned to where she did her working pupil stint this winter to be a...
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    Team Reggie: it's not really goodbye

    Reg left for his lovely new loan home a fortnight ago. This is just a bit of a thank you post, with a very short report at the end. When we first met Reggie, I don't think any of us could have predicted the journey him and Al would go on. It's been a truly amazing 4.5 years of knowing him, and...
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    What happens after a bunfight? A proper HHO pony...

    So a year ago, there was a mega bunfight in here. And as I idly clicked through I saw the cause of it all was a pretty little grey, who had triggered a different argument merely 3 years earlier... So Smokey was introduced to HHO by bexcy_bee June 2011. He looked like this... And a lot...
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    Team Reggie: Smokey goes to Burghley! An odd day out...

    Odd because every time we say how he went people commiserate and we're all standing there singing Smoke's praises for all we're worth :D The day started early. 4am early. I am a student, this is not a time I tend to wake up to- fall sleep to/ glance at as it passes sure, but not wake up to...
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    Team Reggie: Smokes is no longer pointless!

    On Saturday, Al and Smokes headed off to Stratford Hills BE90 for another bash at a BE event. Smokes was deeply excited at the prospect of going to a party… I swear he’s the snooziest pony around. He spends most of his life curled up having a nap, so when Al gets on he’s the Duracell bunny...
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    Team Reggie: an utterly epic report... So much eventing!

    I've not done a report in a while because I've had a little thing called finals going on... But I have officially finished my degree, and am now deliberating over my options- do I want to be an engineer, or a maths teacher! Meanwhile Al has been going great guns with her team so I'll try to keep...
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    Team Reggie: rosettes for Reggie! And a wedding...

    The title says it all really! Reggie bagged himself a rosette today, and it was a lovely shiny yellow one! We're not sure how his ego fitted in the lorry, and he's now chilling in the field telling Tango exactly how to be a schoolmaster like himself :D It was Isleham, and Al had Smokes and Reg...
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    I rode!! And a much more exciting ODE report too...

    There are many more exciting things to be said in this report so I shall get my bit over with quickly. But today I rode again, hacking out the lovely Tango. We went all round the belts and cantered voluntarily and happily. And I jumped him! Only a teeny tiny branch on the floor, seriously less...
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    Team Reggie: down in the dumps eventing...

    A funny old report from us, all stations go but just a little bit meh. Smokes went to his first posh party, at Gt Witchingham for the BE90. Al was weirdly nervous, for the first time the pressure was on a bit as Smokes had exceeded expectations so massively. The dressage was a bit lacking...
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    Who remembers Smokey? He's changed a bit...

    It was September when I last did a Smokey update and I thought you might like another :D For those who don't know about him, he's a proper little HHO horse- bexcy_bee bought him in a real state when he was 5 and over three years turned him into a really happy, confident little horse rather...
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    Team Reggie go to Disneyland! The best start to the season

    This is a very happy report! Last weekend Tango came back to Team Reggie after a nice winter holiday for him to digest his summer of learning. He's grown about 3 inches and is verging on Reggie-height. Al looks a tiny bit little on him as he's not exactly dainty! He's as agreeable as ever...
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    Team Reggie: something is not right...

    There have been some very strange goings on at Team Reggie Towers recently. We all know Smokes is a bit of a poncey pony, but the ever truculent Reg seems to have found his groove... And Al's voluntarily entering SJ competitions. We think there's been an alien invasion! First up Al decided she...
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    Team Reggie: welcome home Al! A WP report

    We decided against a 2013 review because it was a tricky year in many respects. But I'm going to say how proud I am of Al for dealing with everything she faced with year with grace and determination: she lost a lot, but gained so much too and conquered demons I thought were indestructible. We...
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    Team Reggie: the adventures of a Small Fat Pony

    It’s been a very long time since there was a Team Reggie update, and Al has prodded me into writing one because “things are going well”. This is the most positive I’ve ever heard her so I have leapt into action. Top sister award coming my way for sure… The reason things have been quiet is...
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    A long overdue Smokey update... He's the best!

    As title really :D Al's been lucky enough to have him for 4 months now, and he is amazing. He gained a lot of weight, and is now on a diet... Yes, a diet! Half a scoop of Good Doer chaff twice a day. The donkey gets fed more, poor Smokes! But he looks amazing and is really developing muscle in...
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    Team Reggie: triple threat! An ODE report from all the team!

    So, Al had her final night at the chip shop job on Saturday, so got in laden with chocolates and good luck wishes in the early hours to wake up again 4 hours later to take her gang eventing... She planned to take Tango in the 70cm class, and Reg in the 1m class, and Smokes to have a potter about...
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    Can 'shortcuts' result in greater longevity?

    Following on from the draw rein discussion, something TarrSteps said made me ponder. If you can use an artificial training aid, like draw reins or a bungee or similar, and achieve the desired outcome in 3 sessions, is that better for the horse's general wear and tear than having to work at it...
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    An ex-racer journey: 4 years later...

    -1qedQ7xC9E It's been 4 very special years for Al and Reg and although this will sink to oblivion I wanted to mark it somehow in here. So here's a video we put together of their journey. The past 4 years haven't been all smiles and easy improvements. There's been a fair amount of tears and...
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    4 years later: a thank you to Reggie

    So, it’s been 4 years since Al met Reg. I thought that this deserved some celebration, and this video sums up why... -1qedQ7xC9E I thought I’d say a little bit too, although I think the video speaks for itself. 4 years ago Al took a punt on a 17.1hh ex-racer, 18 months out of...
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    How to improve?

    A bit different here, actually... What do you want to see from a youtube channel in order to want to subscribe to it/ regularly check it out? How would you improve this youtube channel to make you want to check it out more often? http://www.youtube.com/user/SomethingsUp55 And for those who...
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    Team Reggie: watch out, Al's a trucker... (and BEACH photos!)

    It's official... As of 10:30 Thursday morning, Al has been deemed safe to be let loose on the roads with a rigid body lorry of up to 32 tonnes. Whoever deemed her safe, I'm definitely querying your mental stability right now! Nah, we're all very proud of her- she's only 19, and to be able to...
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    Calm and Condition: did it work for you?

    As title! Just wondering as today we realised we have literally never known a horse to be either calmed or conditioned by it. Our experience is almost wholly with TBs though so please say what type of horse you have and what work you do with it too... For us, it has been used on TBs who are...
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    BP rules- is this wrong?

    Al wears her trusty RaceSafe bp atm, and I am beginning to think it needs replacing but I'm not sure. She got it nearly 6 years ago, and it's a 2000 label... Does it need replacing for it to be deemed acceptable by BE for next year? Just wondering as with Burghley coming up it could hopefully...
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    Let's go to the beach! Ex-racer fun :D

    On Friday, Al and Reg went to the beach accompanied by the The Old Chestnut and SuperCob. We're very lucky to have some of the best beaches less than an hour from our doorstep but Reg has never been before so neckstraps were firmly on! As ever, he was perfectly behaved :D Thought I'd share some...
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    Improvement is ugly: yes or no?

    Armas, you've partly inspired this and I hope you don't mind this thread. Following Armas' recent threads, I was wondering of anyone else ever thought this. Or if people did think one day things looked bad, and the next they didn't. When I post before and after photos of Reggie, people are...
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    Team Reggie: halo polishing, new ponies and a Smokey update

    It's been a while since you had a Team Reggie update, but things have been all go (as ever!). Al and I have been stable managing at PC camp, where we had a record of 47 11-18yo attending. Not going to lie, come Friday morning we were ready to throttle a good half of them :D First up, the...
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    Ragwort infestation: who to report to?

    As title really. My google fu is low and the situation is out of control- how can we keep our fields safe when others don't even try?
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    Class, or crass?

    I am doing some hardcore thinking about my sister's xmas present. This is because, unlike everyone else in my family, she is impossible to buy for. However, she has mentioned one thing she'd like. And is now dithering over it massively and doesn't know if it would be rubbish or not... She...
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    Team Reggie: PC area eventing, tears, frillies and poles galore!

    Reg and Al were at the Area 8 eventing qualifiers today, and it was an undeniable semi-triumph. They were in the B team, which consisted of them, a girl on a pony who makes Reg look careful SJ, and a horse who has never gone XC before (and the rider can count on one hand the times they've...
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    Team Reggie: Blah Burghley, but an interesting HSBC training day

    Reg has had a very busy week, with a dressage lesson and then an HSBC training day with the PC, hosted at Soham for people on intermediate and open teams. The day started with some talks, one by a sports psychologist and another by a nutritionist. Al was really looking forward to them, as she...
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